Jan. 8, 1943 Oklahoma City Oklahoma County Oklahoma, USA
Wife of John Ananias Eckroat, and daughter of Henry & Elizabeth (Buhmer) Baechler.
Obit copied from The (OKC) Oklahoman, Jan 9, 1943, page 3
(Contained photo, part of copy was cut off in the left margin. Words and blanks inside s are illegible or added by me. Also, she was born in Canada, not in France.)
Services Set Monday For Mrs. Eckroat City Church Worker, Native of France, Was State Pioneer
Mary Catherine Eckroat, 79 years old, wife of the late John A. Eckroat, pioneer resident of Oklahoma City and early contractor and builder here, died Friday afternoon in her home, 601 Northeast Tenth street. Services will be held at 9 a. m. Monday in Corpus Christi church, and burial will be in Fairlawn cemetery. Rosary will be recited at 3 p. m. Sunday and at 8 p. m. in the Watts and McAtee funeral home chapel.
Born in France, Mrs. Eckroat came [to] Oklahoma with her husband in [ ]. The couple first settled on a [ ] southwest of the city where now [ ] located Packingtown. Later they [mov]ed to another farm southeast of [the] city. Eckroat subsequently played [ ] in the laying out of the section [kno]wn as Eckroat addition.
[In] addition to his farm activities, [Eck]roat engaged in the building con-[tract]ing business here, and became [ ]ly known as builder of many of [ ] early establishments of the city. [Bus]iness blocks, homes, and such [bui]dings as Corpus Christi church, St. [Jose]ph's church, St. Anthony hospital, [Sac]red Heart church, and St. Jo-[sep]h's orphanage were among those he [bui]lt.
Mrs. Eckroat was active in many [cha]ritable and other organizations of [the] city. She was one of the first [me]mbers of the Altar society of Cor-[pus] Christi church, and prominant in [ ] activities of the church.
[S]urviving her are six sons, Frank [of] Mission, Texas; John, William, Daniel, Lawrence and Paul, all of Ok-[la]homa City, and four daughters, Mrs. [Ma]ry Koelesch, Sister Mary Philomena [an]d Mrs. Lillian King, Oklahoma City, and Mrs. Rose Stvirenzski of Enid. [Sh]e also leaves 33 grandchildren and [ ] great-grandchildren.